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February 23, 2009

Congrats to 'Slumdog'!

8 awards, including Best Pic and Best Director

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Others can diss it, and maybe it won't show in film school down the road. But it was a popular choice -- audiences love it -- and it's nice when a crowd favorite wins it all. It was certainly my favorite film of 2008. What about you?

Biggest disappointment of the night: That Mickey Rourke didn't win for The Wrestler. An astounding performance.

What were your favorite highs, lows, and biggest surprises?

Comments

Yes, thank you. While it wasn't my favorite movie of the year, it was certainly my favorite of those nominated. I loved that it was low key. We have all these big, grand blockbusters, and movies trying to have a point that run towards shoving it down our throats, but I liked that Slumdog was a simple movie that still made us think. Low key does not mean that it was any less well done than they other movies.

Disappointed. The movie is so, so inferior to the book (Q&A) and much of what happens in the movie is inexplicable unless you read the novel.

I would have loved to see Milk or The Curious Case... win.

I loved Slumdog, but almost nothing tonight surprised me. Except that CT is engaging with fashion, which I love!

I really thought the new format worked: montages, more music, shorter speeches, great set. And, I predict Hugh's hosting will get good reviews tomorrow.

Loved Hugh as host! Reminded me a bit of "Old Hollywood." I just love all the singing and dancing. I could have done without Sean Penn's speech, though. That went overboard, in my opinion. However, it was wonderful that Heath Ledger won!

I have read the majority of the blog entries, read a lot of comments about movies but little about a Christian take to the events and the movies featured. I was under the “mistaken” impression that this is a Christian blog (not just a blog by a Christian)
Little here set the entries apart from what secular blogs and website would say about the Oscars and the movies
I wonder why justifies having the blog entries on the main page of ChristianityToday website if there is little of anything Christian in them
I was surprised to see that Milk was lauded for its artistry and so on and that little was said about its underlying message, the same pro-gay message that the secular media latched on and loved in the movie and the very lifestyle that the Bible frowns upon (to put it mildly).
I do not deny that Milk might be an artistic Jewel but one cannot (or at least should not) overlook the fact that it is part of a larger agenda and promotes a non-biblical lifestyle (this is not to say that the movie has no value)
Something that a Christian take to the movies should not have missed
We are in this world but not of this world
The Oscars celebrates and symbolize worldliness and vanity, covering the event like it is another "Church function" totally misses the point of what is expected of a Christian Blog
I am not saying that I am against secular movies, I enjoy quite a few of them, but I pray that my silence will never give the impression that they are generally value neutral or that they worldview is secondary to their artistic value
Some Christians look at CT and its blogs to get guidance as to the moral value and a biblical analysis of the movie
You had a great opportunity do this with the Oscars, instead you did not differ much from Entertainment tonight and the likes (which give a better coverage in one is only interested in a secular take hence making this entries doubly irrelevant)
I am very disappointed with CT on this one

Alan M, you missed the point of a quote you yourself used. Yes, we are not of this world, but we are also not separate from it. We are in it, and in order to reach the world, we need to understand it.

CT movie reviews have always been about both reviewing the message of a movie and reviewing its artistic quality. I don't see why a blog would be any different.

@Alan M.
SHUT UP.


I wanted Mickey Rourke to win :(

Anonymous #1

You might want to reread my post. I am not against engaging in cultural exegesis from a Christian perspective, in fact this is the basis of my complaint; CT Movie Blog coverage of the Oscars did none of that but mostly reported on the event the way the secular media would have (that is without showing the Christian understanding of what was going on).
I do not dispute the fact that CT movie review the message of movies in general (which is good), I was specifically referring to CT's coverage of the Oscars (that is, they dropped the ball on this one)
I did not need CT to be a tamed version of ET or Extra when covering the Oscars

Anonymous #2
Your contribution was most enlightening, a real testimony to your intellectual depth

Anonymous #1

You might want to reread my post. I am not against engaging in cultural exegesis from a Christian perspective, in fact this is the basis of my complaint; CT Movie Blog coverage of the Oscars did none of that but mostly reported on the event the way the secular media would have (that is without showing the Christian understanding of what was going on).
I do not dispute the fact that CT movie review the message of movies in general (which is good), I was specifically referring to CT's coverage of the Oscars (that is, they dropped the ball on this one)
I did not need CT to be a tamed version of ET or Extra when covering the Oscars

Anonymous #2
Your contribution was most enlightening, a real testimony to your intellectual depth

Can't say I was disappointed by anything because I haven't cared about the Oscars in many years. Sitting down to watch a bunch of narcissistic liberals patting themselves on the back for being pretentious just doesn't appeal to me.

I haven't heard much about Hugh Jackman today--everyone's been talking Slumdog and style of dresses in the post-Oscars coverage. But I thought he was fantastic! The changes to the format at least made us sit up and pay attention--and I agree with Cory, the different set and MORE MUSIC made it a great evening. But for the record, I thought Hugh was great.

As a Christian who lives in the North (Massahusetts) and is a liberal, I may take a slightly different slant on some topics. Then again, I may not...I'm certainly aligned with you all in the heart and faith of Christ.
I feel that movies like "Milk" should not be examined as amoral artistry any more so than films such as "The Wrestler" (which focuses extensivley on the actions of a stripper and presents a more-than-nominal amount of nudity) or "The Reader" (which examines an affair between an adult and a minor).
I think it is in fact honorable that these films examine the humanity that exists within these vessles that we, as Christians, may claim are tainted by sin. I'm certainly guilty of sin on a daily basis (and all sin is equal), yet I wish to be seen as a human being, not an icon of the fallen nature.
I'm not disagreeing to be callous, Amy. You're obviously a well-spoken Christian woman. I just think that these are artistic films striving to create something endearing. Now, pornography, or films that produce vileness with neither integrity nor merit, that's a different matter.


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